Virginia Tea Party Republican EW Jackson has denied ever saying that he thought gays and lesbians were sick people and that allowing gays in the military would lead to God abandoning US troops - despite making the comments on tape when he knew he was being recorded.
In October of last year Jackson, who is now running to become Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, sat down for a recorded interview with anti-gay rights group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality and said of gay people, ‘Their minds are perverted.’
‘They’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality. When they talk about love, they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex. And so, they can’t see clearly.’
However when asked earlier this week on WUSA9 TV, ‘Did you say that gay people live a sick lifestyle, they’re sick people?’ Jackson denied ever making those comments.
‘Never said that,’ Jackson, who is a Christian minister, answered.
‘What I’ve said is I think that the movement, the effort to change the culture is an effort to pervert things. But look, here’s the thing. I said that in the context of ministry. And as a minister, I teach what? The Bible. I’m not running to be minister of Virginia or bishop of Virginia.’
Jackson said in a 2011 speech that the US military ‘is under attack’ because of plans to allow military chaplains to marry same-sex couples, saying ‘how in the world can we expect our military to be blessed by the hand of Almighty God if we allow our military to become the equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah?’
‘I’ll tell you something, God is not pleased.’
When questioned on WUSA9 about those comments he denied making those too.
‘Never said that,’ Jackson said.
‘That’s absolutely, categorically not true. See that’s what I mean. I’ve never said anything like that because I don’t believe it. And there are other things that have been said that I said and I simply didn’t say them.’
Jackson made the denial as it was revealed that he was trailing 13 points behind Democratic state Senator Ralph Northam in the race to become Virgina’s Lieutenant Governor.